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Forest Service grants pipeline’s request to pass through Jefferson National Forest | State and Regional News – New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-01-13 01:12:20 –

“Mountain Valley has yet to show that there is a way to build this pipeline without violating the law protecting national forests and clean water,” said Nathan Matthews, senior lawyer at the Sierra Club. I will.

Forest construction cannot begin until the Mountain Valley has been approved by all states and federals. The joint venture of the five energy companies building the pipeline will need to obtain a right of way from the US Bureau of Land Management, which was withdrawn in the same 2018 decision that revoked the Forest Department’s permit.

Meanwhile, another permit to manage approximately 1,000 streams across the pipeline was reserved on October 16 by the Fourth Circuit, which is considering a legal challenge to that permit by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

A third lawsuit is also pending in an attempt to overturn the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision last September that pipelines are unlikely to endanger protected fish and bat species.

Critics said Monday’s decision was made by a political appointed officer who was in a hurry to finalize the matter before President Donald Trump resigned on January 20.

“In the midst of a vacant leadership gap, the Forest Department is bidding for MVP, a terribly destructive limited liability company,” Preserve Craig Chairman Bill Wolf said in a statement released by the Sierra Club. It was.

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